Taking over for Monsanto, DuPont Hunts Down Farmers for Violating the “Intellectual Property” of GMO Seeds
By JG Vibes
November 28, 2012
Just behind Monsanto, DuPont is the second largest supplier of genetically modified seeds in the world, and recently they have gotten more involved in the persecution of farmers and the enforcement of intellectual property claims on the seeds.
What this means exactly is that these companies are actually claiming ownership over the seeds biology, which entitles them to a portion of every single seed that shares specific characteristics with their patent.
The fee that is attached to this patent is transferred onto farmers, and to ensure that farmers everywhere pay up, GMO companies send out police and testing units to farms across the world so they can determine as to whether or not the farmer is using GMO seeds.
Unfortunately, this process gets extremely complicated as a result of the cross pollination that takes place between GMO crops and organic ones. In many cases in the past organic farmers have had their crops tainted with GMO’s, then on top of that they are sued by companies like Monsanto or DuPont for the “privilege” of having their crops randomly and involuntarily pollinated with genetically modified biology.
In the past DuPont has taken a back seat as far as the dirty work is concerned, but now copyright patents for certain organisms are being transferred from Monsanto to DuPont.
According to Bloomberg Business Week:
“The world’s second- biggest seed company, is sending dozens of former police officers across North America to prevent a practice generations of farmers once took for granted.